The Cumberland Canal Boat sits near the end of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Cumberland, Maryland. This national park stretches 184.5 miles, starting in Washington DC and ending in Cumberland, Maryland.
The Cumberland is a full-scale replica of a canal boat. Constructed in 1976 as a bicentennial project by the C&O Canal of Cumberland, Maryland, the boat measures 93 feet long and 14.5 feet wide.
When the COCCM began planning this project, no boats or blueprints were in existence. Canal boats had to be researched and plans recreated before the building could start; the replica ended up costing over $100,000 to complete.
After its dedication on July 11, 1976, the COCCM operated it for 23 years conducting interpretive boat tours during the warmer months.
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December 21st, 2020
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